THE potential views were one of the features that drew owners Lorinda and Rick to this location in the Perry Lakes Estate when they were looking to build.
It is just metres from Alderbury Reserve, with a gorgeous park aspect and verdant outlook opposite that can be enjoyed from the elegant balcony, with glass ballustrading, a Japanese burnt-birch ceiling and built-in barbecue.
Lorinda said the balcony — and a few bottles of wine — got them through COVID-19. “It’s beautiful on the balcony; I have breakfast there most days,” she said. “The council have also put up lights so the trees are lit up at night out there.”
The balcony would have also offered a good vantage point during the celebrations for Lorinda’s parents’ 60th wedding anniversary. “We held a party in the middle of COVID; we could only have 10 people, so I just had my siblings and Mum and Dad here,” she said. “All the grandkids and great-grandkids surprised them, driving by in their cars with balloons and music blaring — what they did was gorgeous.”
The couple have built several homes during their 25 years of marriage and, with their two children now living over east, intended this one as a downsizer, but said the design would suit families at various stages of life. “We’ve both got elderly parents, so we’ve built it with a whole self-contained area downstairs with its own entry in case they needed it,” Lorinda said. “It also works for older kids and if you’ve got kids in uni, the whole downstairs area is perfect.”
The ground-floor layout includes a living area with a well-equipped kitchenette and two master-sized bedrooms with built-in robes and ensuites.
Rick said his favourite features included the outdoor areas, and they are stunning.
There is a ‘wet lounge’ with electronic shade to suit the seasons, which provides another space to entertain as well as access to the infinity-edge pool. This is gas heated and is something else you can useand enjoy year-round.
Upping the glam factor is a green wall that Lorinda said was surprisingly easy to maintain. “I’d seen it on Pinterest or in a magazine and kept the picture on my phone for a few years and I showed Rick and said ‘that’s what I want,’ and he built it,” she said.
The top floor includes an open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with doors that slide away, opening the room to the balcony and creating a wonderful indoor/outdoor space. The doors are frameless and floor-to-ceiling, so you can also enjoy the views while inside.
The kitchen will impress with an island bench, Neff appliances and electronic cupboards and drawers. There is also a study nook and master bedroom with his-and-her walk-in robe and stunning ensuite with rainfall shower, freestanding bath, double vanity unit with marble benchtop, and floor-to-ceiling tiling.
With so much building experience behind them, Lorinda and Rick were able to carefully consider the features they added to the home and the benefits each would offer. Lorinda said the French oak Renoir flooring in the living spaces was not only attractive but extremely hard wearing and low maintenance, while the bathrooms had no glass to be cleaned, just walk-in showers.
“I love my bathroom. I’ve had Rick put power points in the drawers for my hairdryer and straightener and a cupboard has power points for your (electric) toothbrush,” she said.
“It’s all the little things; when you build there’s always something — you wish you’d done this or that and you don’t realise until you’ve lived in it, but I can honestly say with this house I don’t think there’s one thing I’d change. “Even the laundry has plugs in a cupboard for my Dyson.”
Some of the other less-noticeable but quality things you will appreciate are the leather-finished granite island benchtop in the kitchen that does not show marks, the scullery and the ample storage.
“We do entertain a lot, so the scullery’s amazing because you just put everything out there and you can’t see the mess,” Lorinda said. “Also the house has heaps of cupboards — I don’t even fill half of them — I’ve noticed when we’ve gone looking that so many houses don’t have substantial storage.”
Other features buyers will welcome include the C-Bus electronics, 6.9kW solar system with capacity for future battery storage, eco-treated glass, zoned reverse-cycle airconditioning and the
landscaped gardens with reticulation.
Editorial appeared in the Western Suburbs Weekly 10/09/2020